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8 DIY Rings Beginner to Intermediate
8 DIY Rings for All Skill Levels
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
Easy Wire Wrapped Jewelry Projects
Easy Wire Wrapped Jewelry Projects
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
You've made a sale through your web site or on-line store; now what? Here are some tips for using your jewelry packaging as a way to create a brand, encourage a repeat sale, and also safely secure the jewelry you are mailing out.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
Big, Bold Statement Jewelry to DIY
Big, Bold Statement Jewelry to DIY
Wire and Bead Spider Earrings
These little baby spider earrings are a smaller version of my bead and wire spider project. I've just scaled it down a little and included the supplies you'll need.
Packaging for Jewelry Sales and Gifts
Packaging for Jewelry Sales and Gifts
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
If you are new to bead knotting and haven't had much luck with the traditional approach, then consider use this alternative technique, which is a little like cheating bust still works.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
6 Easy Bead and Chain Projects to Make Today...
Bead and Chain Projects. Jewelry Making.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
Create Beautfful Beach Memento Jewelry
Shell Collecting - Beach Memento Jewelry
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
This tutorial is a little more advanced than your average bead stringing project, but the time and patience is well worth the effort when you see the finished results of your endlessly knotted crystal necklace. There's no clasp, so you can just slip it over your neck and get ready to sparkle with these amazing red crystal beads.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Make your own jig for bending wire, and then follow this simple wire pattern to make your first wire bracelet on it.
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Learn Basic Wire Wrapping for Jewelry Making
Learn Basic Wire Wrapping for Jewelry Making
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
11 Easy and Clever DIY Jewelry Displays
11 Clever and Easy DIY Jewelry Displays - Easy to make and easy on the wallet. Links to full tutorials included!
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn about some of the different clasps and connectors used to make beaded jewelry.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
Summer Camp Inspired Braided and Knotted Jewelry
Summer Camp Inspired Braided and Knotted Jewelry
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Learn the basics for using bead tips to finish off your beaded jewelry designs.
Thrifty Fun and Trendy Leather Jewelry to DIY
10 Leather Jewelry Projects to DIY
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
Inspired to Create Wedding Jewelry
Create Your Own Wedding Jewelry. Jewelry Making.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
Make Your Own Rings: Easy Ring Projects to Do...
Author and talented jewelry designer Nana V. Mizushima has gathered up lots of different jewelry techniques to create this collection of ring projects for her book, Make Your Own Rings: Easy Ring Projects to Do at Home.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet. Jewelry Making.
10 Tips for Working with Chain
Prefabricated chain is a handy component to include in your jewelry creations. Here are some tips to consider when working with chain.
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn the tips and tricks to stringing up elastic bead bracelets with this variety of designs.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
Add Sparkle and Color to Your Bare Legs and Feet
Jewelry for Your Feet and Ankles
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
The Power of Pearls
Pearl trends, history, folk lore, and care, learn this and more about the powerful pearl.
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Incorporating cabochons is a great way to expand on seed beaded jewelry designs, and the basic technique is not that difficult to master.
Jewelry Studio Organization Tips
It is amazing how much more productive you can be when you have a well-organized area to make jewelry. Most of us struggle with organizing our work space, so here are some tips to help you get organized and then get to work.
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
Learn two different ways - one the proper way and one the quick way - of using wire to make jump rings.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
What Is Niobium?
What Is Niobium? Learn about this unique hypoallergenic metal used for jewelry making.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
Use Your Left Over Beads in These 12 DIY...
12 Jewelry Projects Using Left Over Beads - Use up left over beads to create beautiful jewelry projects.
Making a Beaded Bead
This technique is amazing and a great way to learn or practice a bead weaving stitch called peyote. You literally weave tiny seed beads together to form a tube-shaped bead.
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
Bead Stringing Techniques
Learn the basics when it comes to bead stringing and master various techniques.
Water Casting Tutorial
Water casting is a fun processes that allows you to make unusual jewelry components using metal scraps.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Metal Jewelry Fabrication Tools
Before you begin using metal fabrication techniques, you'll need some special tools for your tool box.
Free Wire Chain Patterns
Use wire and links to create a variety of chain patterns to use in your jewelry designs. Many of these require no soldering.
How to Make a Wire Coil Clasp
This is a basic wire hook and eye clasp with a twist, or actually, a coil to jazz it up a little.
Think About the Future
Think about your future in the world of jewelry. Page 3.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
Cover Your Crimps!
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
Elastic Pearl and Birthstone Bracelet
Elastic Pearl and Birthstone Bracelet
10 DIY Rings to Make
10 DIY Rings to Make. Jewelry Making.
Wire Work Techniques for Making Wire Jewelry
Master various wire jewelry making techniques and learn to make awesome wire jewelry.
How to Tie a Josephine Knot
This knot is a little more advanced than basic knots such as the square knot. It has a variety of applications such as finishing off the ends of a macrame necklace you can then pull over your head.
How to Make an Overhand Knot for Fiber Jewelry
Very often when using fiber in your jewelry making, you will need a way to connect fibers together, be it ribbon, hemp, or nylon. The overhand knot is the perfect technique for this.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
Bead Stringing Findings
In this article, I take you step by step through some of the most popular jewelry stringing findings. If you want to string up a beaded necklace, bracelet, or anklet, often you’ll need to use one of the following findings in order to do this
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
Round-Nosed Pliers
Round-nosed pliers are probably one of the most important tools for wire and metal workers. Learn what to look for when purchasing round-nosed pliers and what they are best used for when making jewelry.
Final Advice on Fine Jewelry Designing
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Hunting Down a Sales Rep
This interview with the owner of Over the Moon Jewelry offers suggestions for hunting down a jewelry sales rep.
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
Locating Retail Outlets for Your Jewelry
Before you can become successful selling your hand-crafted jewelry to retail outlets such as galleries, boutiques, and shops, you need to locate them. Here are five methods I've used for finding retail outlets for my jewelry.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Learn how to use wire to connect components, other wire sections, beads, and much more with this very versatile wire wrapping technique.
Keshi Pearls and Shell Pendant Necklace
The beautiful textural appeal of Keshi pearls works perfectly with a dramatic shell pendant and accents of crystals in this necklace design.
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
8 DIY Wedding Jewelry Projects with Style
8 DIY Wedding Jewelry Projects with Style
How to Fire Copper Metal Clay
Copper metal clay, or CopprClay as its brand name is spelled, must be fired in a kiln. Here are some step by step instructions to explain how.
Bead Stringing Information & Projects
Learn about the different where to find more information and projects to get started stringing beads. Page 2.
Pearl Necklace Projects
Pearl Necklace Projects
The Metalsmith Reborn!
New and better than ever....find out why Tim McCreight's newest edition of his famous book, Complete Metalsmith, is do different from past editions.
What Is a Mala Bracelet?
Learn about the origins, meaning behind, and elements that make up the ancient Mala bracelet.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Turn a piece of silver plate into an awesome cuff bracelet. No soldering required.
Seed Bead Bracelets
Use various bead weaving techniques to create some interesting seed bead bracelets.
Magnetic Clasp Pros and Cons
Consider the good and bad that comes with using magnetic clasps on your jewelry pieces.
Make Resin Beads
With a two-part epoxy product called Ferido, you can shape and form resin into beads.
Jewelry Designer Manager™ Premier for the...
Jewelry Designer Manager™ Premier for the Professional Jewelry Designer
Modern Kumihimo for Jewelry Making
Kumihimo Jewelry. Jewelry Making.
Tassels - A Trendy Bohemian Element for Jewelry...
Tassels - A Trendy Bohemian Element for Jewelry Making
Jewelry Making on the Go with Creative Options
Jewelry Storage and Transportation with Creative Options
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
Get Started: Macrame Jewelry
A hot fad from the 60s has become popular again today. Learn how you can get started making macrame jewelry.
Make Faux Beach Glass
Use your fused glass scraps up with this easy technique for making faux beach glass.
Tips for Taking Pictures of Your Jewelry
When selling jewelry online, one of the most important aspects of this is having clear photographs of your jewelry.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
You will be amazed how simple it is to make your own hook and eye clasp using wire and a few hand tools.
Using a Jewelry Saw
Many jewelry fabrication projects require that you saw on metal. Therefore, a jewelry saw can be an important tool. However, using the correct size blade for your jewelry saw is critical.
Earring Findings
Learn about the different types of findings used to make beaded earrings.
10 Jewelry Projects to Make with Clay
10 Jewelry Projects to Make with Clay
Budget Friendly Bohemian DIY Jewelry
DIY Bohemian Jewelry. Jewelry Making.
Princess Earrings
Beginners will love how easy these sweet earrings are too make. Perfect the princess in all of us.
Stop Losing Your Beads
If you've been looking for a solution to the problem of having your beads fall off your stringing medium while you work, then this gadget from Bead Stopper might be just what you need.
True Blue Crystal Flower Bracelet
Crystal turquoise colored beads are mixed with sterling and a pretty flower dangle in this elastic stretchy-style bracelet.
Battle of the Wire Jewelry Jigs
A group of did some usability testing on a variety of different wire jewelry jigs. These are our findings.
What is Bohemian Style Jewelry?
: The word "bohemian" is most often used when describing someone who does not conform to tradition. This
Bend-Nosed Pliers
Bent-Nosed Pliers have a lot in common with chain-nosed pliers. They are versatile and used for all kinds of jewelry making techniques.
Anvil vs. Block for Making Jewelry
Anvils and metal blocks are both pieces of equipment used by jewelry makers, both metalsmiths and wire workers, but when do you use one over the other?
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